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Fun and Games at new business in Blockhouse - Entrepreneur still manages to have the time of his life despite challenges due to COVID 19.
Story and photo by Tina Hennigar
Lantz Rhodenizer gives me a giggle when I ask him for an interview. “Sure,” he says enthusiastically. It’s a phone interview, due to social distancing restrictions, and my not wanting to take a spot from a customer in his store. As he describes his store,
I instantly regret the decision not to be there in person – I’m disappointed not to be able to
play a board game with him. Lantz grew up in Pleasantville and tells me he was always into nerdy things. He spent 10 years working in BC vineyards but always dreamed of opening up a games store. He’s opening this store the good old-fashioned way - by saving up for it. “My grandfather always made me save,” he said. Lantz had his eye on this Blockhouse store and when the time was right, he bought it.
Lantz hoped to open in March, but COVID 19 prohibited that. “I wasn’t ready anyway,” he said. “I took that time to properly restore it [the building] and put everything together.”
The first year of any business would be a scary time for even the strongest of entrepreneurs. But Lantz is optimistic saying, “People are putting down their phones. This is a good time to play games.”
“This is my life’s work, and a dream realized over 30 years
in the making.” Lantz said. With over 500 games for sale, and intellectual toys for children, Lantz said the support of the community is what makes this possible. “I am so grateful to be able to do this here surrounded by friends in the best place to be – home.”
Lantzalot Games is not just a retail space. Upstairs, you’ll find tabletop games, and spaces to come in and enjoy playing a board game at $5 per adult. There is a large selection of games available to rent at $10 per week. Don’t like the game you started, not to worry, you can switch and try out another game mid-rental. Best of all, if you like a game you’ve rented, you’ll receive $10 off the game if you decide to purchase it.
Every Friday is “Friday Night Magic” upstairs, with a downstairs option for younger players complete with their own prizes to be won. Saturday night, folks who are interested in miniature hobbies gather upstairs amongst the large collection of figures for games such as Warhammer, Legion, Crisis Protocol and Historical Games.
Lantzalot Games is found at 14 Cornwall Road, Blockhouse, or at www. LantzalotGames.com